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mvallido
04-18-2007, 02:39 PM
I'm just curious how many of US where crazy enough to supercharged their E39 528i or 530i and what other mods was considered during the transformation. Please post some pics too. I'll start:

97 528i
VF engineering 6 psi S/C
VF engineering Racing bypass valve
EMP Stewart water pump
Supersprint Sport muffler
M Tech body kit
Level 10 Tranny mod
http://www.vallido.com/borge/photos/supercharged_528i/images/2/425x319.aspx
http://www.vallido.com/borge/photos/supercharged_528i/images/10/425x319.aspx
http://www.vallido.com/borge/photos/supercharged_528i/images/1/425x319.aspx

mark_m5
04-18-2007, 06:56 PM
I'm crazy enough, but they don't have a kit for me!!! dang it!

I'm not crazy enough to buy Dinan though.

Chief915
04-18-2007, 08:48 PM
Whats the heartburn with Dinan? I am completly satisfied with how their products continue to perform on my 328I.

"96 328I, Dinan 3 supercharged, HFTB, FFE, Stage 1 Suspension, Strut brace,
ZF 6 speed mod, E46 M3 flywheel, clutch & PP, LSD,

mvallido
04-18-2007, 09:20 PM
Whats the heartburn with Dinan? I am completly satisfied with how their products continue to perform on my 328I.

"96 328I, Dinan 3 supercharged, HFTB, FFE, Stage 1 Suspension, Strut brace,
ZF 6 speed mod, E46 M3 flywheel, clutch & PP, LSD,
Maybe the price.

JBss
04-18-2007, 10:29 PM
lol i bet the 540's are suprised when you start pulling!

mark_m5
04-19-2007, 07:13 AM
Price, price, price. S3 "transformation" for an M5 is $60K-$70K. For that, I can buy a whole lot of (some other) car. Like a nice used Ferrari.

firedwg1
04-21-2007, 10:30 AM
I'm crazy enough, but they don't have a kit for me!!! dang it!

I'm not crazy enough to buy Dinan though.

They have a kit for your car :-P did you check the video they posted?

turbobladz
04-21-2007, 02:13 PM
any pro cons of this Kit? I am seriously considering buying the kit and installing it on my
e39 i6 Any problems, praises? If you could do it over again would you? Or would you go another route? Appreciate the Help

mark_m5
04-21-2007, 07:28 PM
They have a kit for your car :-P did you check the video they posted?

Please post a link. As of today, according to their site, no M5 kit:
http://www.vfengineering.com/kit_bmw_e39_m5.php

mvallido
04-21-2007, 10:11 PM
any pro cons of this Kit? I am seriously considering buying the kit and installing it on my
e39 i6 Any problems, praises? If you could do it over again would you? Or would you go another route? Appreciate the Help
Got my S/C installed last October. So far I am very happy with the performance and no problems yet. It was a perfect match with the level 10 tranny upgrade. She is my daily driver and a total sleeper.:thumbup:

JC5
04-24-2007, 01:51 PM
Have you thought of a differential upgrade? I did mine with the VF kit and WOW.

mvallido
04-24-2007, 07:58 PM
Have you thought of a differential upgrade? I did mine with the VF kit and WOW.
What kind of differential upgrade did you get? Also can you post pics of your S/C 530?

Malina
04-25-2007, 04:47 AM
I'm just curious how many of US where crazy enough to supercharged their E39 528i or 530i and what other mods was considered during the transformation. Please post some pics too. I'll start:

97 528i
VF engineering 6 psi S/C
VF engineering Racing bypass valve
EMP Stewart water pump
Supersprint Sport muffler
M Tech body kit
Level 10 Tranny mod

Did you dyno your car yet?

Malina
04-25-2007, 04:49 AM
I'm crazy enough, but they don't have a kit for me!!! dang it!

I'm not crazy enough to buy Dinan though.

Active autowerke makes one 4 u :thumbup:

http://activeautowerke.com/supercharger/e39m5/main.php

JC5
04-25-2007, 01:45 PM
What kind of differential upgrade did you get? Also can you post pics of your S/C 530?

We put in a differential from an auto 528. This raised the the ratio to 4.10 She now cruises at slightly higher rpms (70 @2800ish)


http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Jackcat559/104-0495_IMG.jpg

When my wife finds the camera we will post more up to date photos.

mvallido
04-25-2007, 02:41 PM
Nice clean install. I have an auto tranny so she cruises 70MPH at around 2500 RPM. Put her on WOT at that speed and she launches like no tomorrow. Looking forward in seeing more pictures. So there's two of us now. I know of two more from the bimmerforums and hopefully they will post here too. Just trying to keep a tab of how many blown 530/528 are out there. Thanks.

mark_m5
04-25-2007, 02:51 PM
Active autowerke makes one 4 u :thumbup:

http://activeautowerke.com/supercharger/e39m5/main.php

Wow! They're back! They had discontinued that install. Still, VF's system was supposed to be $10K (estimated). That's a significant difference from $19K.

Maybe worth doing though...

dUMpEdE39
04-26-2007, 09:39 AM
I'm just curious how many of US where crazy enough to supercharged their E39 528i or 530i and what other mods was considered during the transformation. Please post some pics too. I'll start:

97 528i
VF engineering 6 psi S/C
VF engineering Racing bypass valve
EMP Stewart water pump
Supersprint Sport muffler
M Tech body kit
Level 10 Tranny mod

How many miles do you have your car? If I was a E-6 or above, I would be right with you. If you don't mind me asking, how much was the SC and tranny upgrade with labor? I love the pics.

mvallido
04-26-2007, 03:57 PM
How many miles do you have your car? If I was a E-6 or above, I would be right with you. If you don't mind me asking, how much was the SC and tranny upgrade with labor? I love the pics.

PM sent. Got 137K on her when the supercharger was installed.

JC5
04-27-2007, 11:06 AM
PM sent. Got 137K on her when the supercharger was installed.
same ball park here, 132000 miles

mvallido
04-28-2007, 11:34 AM
Blown 528i / 530i - Please add your name and location!

mvallido - 528i /VFE San Diego, CA
JC5 - 530i /VFE Maryland

mvallido
05-09-2007, 05:32 PM
Please don't be shy! There can't be only two of us here.

Blown 528i / 530i - Please add your name and location!

mvallido - 528i /VFE San Diego, CA
JC5 - 530i /VFE Maryland

JC5
05-10-2007, 01:30 PM
:cry: I think so

VaE39
05-10-2007, 06:28 PM
I wish I had the money to add my name to the list. How much would it be all together? Hey mvallido can you PM the total cost of everything? Thanks.

mvallido
05-10-2007, 08:45 PM
I wish I had the money to add my name to the list. How much would it be all together? Hey mvallido can you PM the total cost of everything? Thanks.
PM sent.:thumbup:

Rickster
05-11-2007, 01:35 AM
Morning Chaps,

I'm new to the forum and I live in England.
I only have internet access at work so I may take a while to respond to anything raised.
I'm please to say that I've just had an ESS Twin-screw TS1 kit fitted to my 2002 530i (manual 5 speed). I think it's the only twin screw 5 series over this side of the pond (or anywhere else ?) as the kit is not officially out yet. I had Simpson Motorsport (UK) convert a 330i kit and they tell me it was was dead straight forward to fit.
Got no pictures just yet, but I will try to post some soon.
I've only done about 500 miles, and it's my daily drive. The low/mid range torque is so strong, it's just a bloody amazing bit of kit.
So you can add me to your list of 530 FI freaks !!

mvallido
05-11-2007, 01:55 PM
Wow! Can't wait to see pics of the twin scew.

Morning Chaps,


I'm new to the forum and I live in England.
I only have internet access at work so I may take a while to respond to anything raised.
I'm please to say that I've just had an ESS Twin-screw TS1 kit fitted to my 2002 530i (manual 5 speed). I think it's the only twin screw 5 series over this side of the pond (or anywhere else ?) as the kit is not officially out yet. I had Simpson Motorsport (UK) convert a 330i kit and they tell me it was was dead straight forward to fit.
Got no pictures just yet, but I will try to post some soon.
I've only done about 500 miles, and it's my daily drive. The low/mid range torque is so strong, it's just a bloody amazing bit of kit.
So you can add me to your list of 530 FI freaks !!

mark_m5
05-11-2007, 02:50 PM
Het mvallido - I think you may have been on a ship too long. That's spelled "screw"...

:p

mvallido
05-11-2007, 11:14 PM
Het mvallido - I think you may have been on a ship too long. That's spelled "screw"...

:p
That's what I get for not looking for what I'm typing... You too my brother have been on land too long... That's spelled "Hey" not HET. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Elvis530i
05-14-2007, 08:58 PM
Morning Chaps,

I'm new to the forum and I live in England.
I only have internet access at work so I may take a while to respond to anything raised.
I'm please to say that I've just had an ESS Twin-screw TS1 kit fitted to my 2002 530i (manual 5 speed). I think it's the only twin screw 5 series over this side of the pond (or anywhere else ?) as the kit is not officially out yet. I had Simpson Motorsport (UK) convert a 330i kit and they tell me it was was dead straight forward to fit.
Got no pictures just yet, but I will try to post some soon.
I've only done about 500 miles, and it's my daily drive. The low/mid range torque is so strong, it's just a bloody amazing bit of kit.
So you can add me to your list of 530 FI freaks !!

Active Autowerke has a twin screw for the 330i, which presumably should fit a 530 well enough.

http://www.activeautowerke.com/supercharger/tse46330/main.php

As soon as I can scrape together 8 grand, I'm getting one.

mark_m5
05-14-2007, 10:08 PM
That's what I get for not looking for what I'm typing... You too my brother have been on land too long... That's spelled "Hey" not HET. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Dammit!!!
:mad:

:(

EddieXo
05-18-2007, 12:45 PM
Can someone with a S/C and with a inter cooler tell me the size of the inter cooler? as how deep, long and high? Thank you.

JC5
05-19-2007, 04:15 AM
There has got to be more than 3 of us :dunno:

EddieXo
05-19-2007, 11:16 AM
There has got to be more than 3 of us :dunno:

I'm trying to be another, just not s/c but turbo. I would like the inter cooler for the extra power.

mark_m5
05-19-2007, 01:00 PM
I talked to Steve Dinan at B'fest, after listening to his tech talk, wherein he describe how they repetitively ran engines until they failed. I asked about getting just an S/C and none of the other carp, and he said that an S2 setup on the M5 was the cheapest way for me to mod-up. I may end up going that direction, just have to get the bare minimum price. Apparently, it gets you into the 480 hp range.

EddieXo
05-19-2007, 04:49 PM
I talked to Steve Dinan at B'fest, after listening to his tech talk, wherein he describe how they repetitively ran engines until they failed. I asked about getting just an S/C and none of the other carp, and he said that an S2 setup on the M5 was the cheapest way for me to mod-up. I may end up going that direction, just have to get the bare minimum price. Apparently, it gets you into the 480 hp range.

:thumbup: almost 500hp that's more then both of my cars put together.

JC5
05-20-2007, 05:03 AM
:thumbup: almost 500hp that's more then both of my cars put together.


With e39 M5 prices headind to the sub $30,000 range this is a not such a bad idea

Rickster
05-24-2007, 09:01 AM
Here's a few pictures on the car and install.
The ESS TS1 system (designed for a 330i) went straight in without too much trouble (thanks to Simpson Motorsport UK).

dUMpEdE39
05-29-2007, 09:40 PM
the twin screw is clean...almost OEM looking. it might even pass California inspection.

JC5
06-03-2007, 05:18 AM
Got some Supersprint headers going in this week. They have been Jet-Hot coated in the 2000 black to help with keeping the heat out of the engine compartment.

jvcajita
06-11-2007, 04:59 PM
As much as I wanna dream in swapping in an S52 into my wagon, my alternative is obviously putting in a supercharger for my 528it. I looked into Dinan, but I cant find anything in their website where they produce S/Cers for my model.

To those that have superchargers installed already, will it still be fine to install it on mine with having 87K miles on it? If its fine, how much will it cost? parts/labor? to get a VF Charger in her? Thanks!

JC5
06-12-2007, 02:37 PM
As much as I wanna dream in swapping in an S52 into my wagon, my alternative is obviously putting in a supercharger for my 528it. I looked into Dinan, but I cant find anything in their website where they produce S/Cers for my model.

To those that have superchargers installed already, will it still be fine to install it on mine with having 87K miles on it? If its fine, how much will it cost? parts/labor? to get a VF Charger in her? Thanks!

About $6000

skorpiond
06-26-2007, 12:18 PM
Here's a few pictures on the car and install.
The ESS TS1 system (designed for a 330i) went straight in without too much trouble (thanks to Simpson Motorsport UK).


Nice man... how much was the bill? I'm trying to decide if I should go for VF or Twin crew.

Rickster
06-27-2007, 03:02 AM
I just paid the standard ESS rate for the TS1 kit (on the ESS web site) plus some fitting time at Simpson UK. I would definitely go for the twin screw on a 5 series (more torque low down) but I don't think the ESS twin-screw is ready for the 528 (or even the 328 yet) so I don't know if that is an option.
It's a great bit of kit though !!

mvallido
06-27-2007, 08:37 AM
I just paid the standard ESS rate for the TS1 kit (on the ESS web site) plus some fitting time at Simpson UK. I would definitely go for the twin screw on a 5 series (more torque low down) but I don't think the ESS twin-screw is ready for the 528 (or even the 328 yet) so I don't know if that is an option.
It's a great bit of kit though !!

I wish they had the twin screw for 528i when I was shopping around for S/C kit. :mad: Anyway, still happy with the VF kit.

Ninja5
07-01-2007, 09:10 AM
I just SC'd my '02 525i with the VF Kit. I'm currently having an issue with the car stalling at rpm's below the 750 mark when I give it light to moderate throttle. My shop has been going back and forth VF trying to determine if its the DME flash or maybe the MAF sensor is going bad. Has any one else heard of this problem or have any suggestions? The car ran 600 miles before it finally threw a Check Engine code so I have to take it in to see which code is showing up.

http://www.geocities.com/shiftee5/S5i_1.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/shiftee5/S5i_2.jpg

JC5
07-01-2007, 10:03 AM
I have a similar problem with idle rpm's. It happens when under hard acceleration when the DSC/DTC kicks in.

In my therory (still formulating) DSC/DTC (during HARD acceleration) cuts the trottle back, but the charger is still creating boost. Some how this blows back through the charger causing the plastic intake boot to come loose. Somewhere during this, oil is returning to the intake tube (tube is after the MAF) and dripping down and getting on the MAF.

There may not be code displayed relating to the MAF due to the S/C software. I have had this problem 3 times (charger on for 2 yrs) and have only gotten a code once. This has even riddled the dealer because they were so relyant on the codes. Out of a whim we cleaned the MAF, and the problem was solved.

Try some MAF cleaner and for $5 the problem may be solved.

As far as the DSC/DTC I am looking into an LSD to increase traction, and cut back on the computers kicking in. Also plan on callinf VF about this to see if they have any feed back.

Ninja5
07-02-2007, 07:45 AM
Thanks JC5. Dumb question. What type of MAF cleaner did you use and where did you purchase? Would the dealer have it or can I just go to any NAPA or AutoZone?

JC5
07-02-2007, 01:30 PM
I bought my MAF cleaner for $5 at Pep Boys, the local auto store here in MD . Here is a link so you know what it is when you see it.

http://www.amazon.com/CRC-Mass-Flow-Sensor-Cleaner/dp/B000EGH57G

And the actual MAF

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Jackcat559/105-0551_IMG.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Jackcat559/105-0550_IMG.jpg

Undo the bands and remove the MAF tube( It will be easier if the air filter is removed fron the tube first. Entry is gained from inside the wheel well.) You should see metal contacts on the interior of the tube. Follow the directions on the cleaner can from this point.

Ninja5
07-06-2007, 07:40 AM
So I bought some CRC cleaner and sprayed the MAF Sensor. Well needless to say that did not work out...lol The car is still stalling when I give it 2-3% throttle typically after a cold start. I've got into the habit of letting the car warm up for about 10 minutes before I drive it to let it get to full temp. Doing so will lesson the amout of times that the car dies on me as I'm going through my subdivision. Any slight throttle will make the rpm's surge below 500 and will eventually shut off. After that the car is fine. I also notice that the the rpm's fluctuate if I'm just coasting say through a parking lot or in a heavily populated neighborhood. Basically foot off the throttle, car moving about 5 mph and it fluctates between 1000 down to 500 rpm. In a couple of cases the car shut off even with being driven for 30 to 45 minutes straight.

So my shop called VF to see if they would reflash the DME to accomodate the Air/Fuel ratio and possible throttle position but VF stated that I needed to replace the MAF before they make any additional changes. So thats the next step. It's always the most expensive parts that need to be changed...go figure. BMW wanted $390 but I found it on Pelican parts for $318. It's a waiting game now since the part wont be here until Monday.

Will update later

JC5
07-06-2007, 05:36 PM
Sorry to hear that didn't work for ya. It would have beenhell of a lot cheaper than a replacement part.

oekundar
07-17-2007, 09:36 AM
I just paid the standard ESS rate for the TS1 kit (on the ESS web site) plus some fitting time at Simpson UK. I would definitely go for the twin screw on a 5 series (more torque low down) but I don't think the ESS twin-screw is ready for the 528 (or even the 328 yet) so I don't know if that is an option.
It's a great bit of kit though !!

interesting...found the links....another nice option...time to call ESS

JC5
08-19-2007, 04:34 PM
bump cos nobody has posted in the FI forum in a while

54ODell
08-21-2007, 08:45 PM
yeah, yawn.

that 5er ess ts setup looked sweet.

regarding the CRC cleaner. I just had a MAF that would not clean with it. I sprayed and sprayed only to continue idle/decelration stall issues. I happend to have an extra new MAF and swapped. Ran perfect.

mvallido
08-23-2007, 05:52 PM
Hope they come up with stage II soon.

JC5
08-23-2007, 06:11 PM
I don't know my friend. My faitth is being tested.

I have the prototype Z4 they worked on for general fitting and installation.

That was 2 years ago, and they have still to release the kit.

Jon@TheMshop
08-23-2007, 07:12 PM
I don't know my friend. My faitth is being tested.

I have the prototype Z4 they worked on for general fitting and installation.

That was 2 years ago, and they have still to release the kit.

May not be for awhile. I just spoke to them 2 weeks ago and right now they are really busy at the facility. If VF can send me customers to install their SC kits then they can have the time to do the work on the stage 2 kits or other models.

msalla
09-07-2007, 01:11 PM
I was looking at the VF 6psi kit for $5000.00.
Are the power gains they claim correct?
Has anyone diy'd the install?
How about CPU tuning?

Jon@TheMshop
09-07-2007, 01:29 PM
I was looking at the VF 6psi kit for $5000.00.
Are the power gains they claim correct?
Has anyone diy'd the install?
How about CPU tuning?

VF dyno results are accurate but results will vary depending on condition of engine.

The supercharger kit is a DIY install however, if you don't have any mechanical skills at all then I highly recommend you take it to a shop that installs supercharger kits.

You have to remove the Engine ECU, aka DME, and send it to VF-Engineering for them to install the supercharger software and they ship it back to you next day air.

Expect labor to be around $1000.00.

mvallido
09-07-2007, 06:24 PM
If you are from SOCAL, I highly recommend TheMShop! They did an outstanding job on my VF S/C install!

frederick_don
11-27-2007, 06:19 PM
I love my 97 528i and it pisses me off to not end when other rag on the car for that lack of speed. I have always wanted to make mine a sleeper. Just wondering how much those upgrades are and has anyone put a blown 528i up against a 540.

Nik@VF-Engineering
11-30-2007, 11:32 PM
Hi !

We just started sponsoring Bimmerfest.com and are glad to meet you guys!

Ninja5- have you resolved your issues? If not, please email me nik@vf-engineering.com

The stage2s are being worked on right now, there is no eta, but you can expect to see them in time for Bimmerfest 2008.

If anyone is contemplating buying a kit, we have a 10% sale going on for the month of December and you can get this discount by buying direct from us or our dealers such as The M Shop.

Another great snippet of news is that we are going through CARB testing right now and are expecting to have some good news in the near future.

-Nik:thumbup:

mark_m5
12-03-2007, 10:33 AM
Any news about an E39 M5 kit?

dUMpEdE39
12-10-2007, 08:05 AM
Anyone ever thought of turbo-ing a 528/530? I sure have...you think the E36 M3 kit will work from Active Autoworke?

JC5
12-10-2007, 12:56 PM
Anyone ever thought of turbo-ing a 528/530? I sure have...you think the E36 M3 kit will work from Active Autoworke?


Why do you want a turbo?

Just asking because the e39 VFE system is pretty darn good.

dUMpEdE39
12-13-2007, 11:41 PM
Why do you want a turbo?

Just asking because the e39 VFE system is pretty darn good.

just curious...most of my previous cars were turbos, and thats what im used to.

now about superchagers kits...VF or Acitve Autowerke? AA has a kit that pumps out 325 without intercooler while VF pumps out 309...but the VF one looks better in the engine bay

JC5
12-14-2007, 01:37 PM
I don't think active has one for the e39

Malina
12-14-2007, 09:26 PM
^ Only a twin supercharger for E39 M5. No/little demand for FI from E39 owners, I guess.

dUMpEdE39
12-16-2007, 02:26 PM
I don't think active has one for the e39

they have one for the e46 328.. similar to the 528? correct me if I'm wrong

JC5
12-17-2007, 01:23 PM
they have one for the e46 328.. similar to the 528? correct me if I'm wrong


True the engines are probably identical. Give them a call. They may want the car for a fitment and such. The last thing you want are problems.

mvallido
02-16-2008, 09:03 AM
Just updating the list and still looking for more...

mvallido - 528i /VFE San Diego, CA
JC5 - 530i /VFE Maryland
Rickster - 530i /ESS TS1 England
Ninja5 - 525i /VFE Duluth, GA

BASTOS D
02-20-2008, 10:59 PM
DISBO can I get the PM breakdown too? I'm curious and might be considering that option for the right price. Thanks.

mvallido
04-09-2008, 06:50 PM
Any update on the CARB?

Hi !

We just started sponsoring Bimmerfest.com and are glad to meet you guys!

Ninja5- have you resolved your issues? If not, please email me nik@vf-engineering.com

The stage2s are being worked on right now, there is no eta, but you can expect to see them in time for Bimmerfest 2008.

If anyone is contemplating buying a kit, we have a 10% sale going on for the month of December and you can get this discount by buying direct from us or our dealers such as The M Shop.

Another great snippet of news is that we are going through CARB testing right now and are expecting to have some good news in the near future.

-Nik:thumbup:

BimmerAddict530
01-11-2009, 09:54 PM
dang i wanted to supercharge my e39 530 sport but its pretty expensive :( id totally go for the whole set up for a supercharger :)

mvallido
01-28-2009, 10:50 PM
Just reach 160K today. It's time to recharge the KNN filter. I'm thinking of getting the DDM Coilovers installed this week since I am only a few miles away from DDM Tuning. I might have the shop across from DDM Tuning do the install to eliminate any installation problems.

mvallido
02-15-2009, 07:19 PM
Too bad, Looks like DDM coilover kit will not be available for E39 yet.

E39528iSC
02-25-2009, 05:48 PM
Hey has anyone ran into this problem with there force induction setup?

I had this kit installed back on Nov of 2008 it ran great for about 1 month, then the blower took a crap. Right after Christmas this happened, I have been without my car since then.

So let me start off by tell you what happened. I was driving around car was running great, went over to a friends and parked the car outside, it was really cold. About an 45min to and hour later I got in my car started it up it ran fine, then all of a sudden the blower made a really weird noise and the the check engine light came on, i felt it start to misfire. I parked the car had it towed to the shop the next day. Sent the blower back into vortech to be rebuild because it had failed, got it back put it back on cleared the codes on the ecu, it runs great at idle for about 2 mins after resetting the codes, then cylinder number 2 injector shuts down, and misfires turning on the check engine light. cylinder 4 misfires as well but this doesn't happen all the time its random. My mechanic seems to think it is the ECU, anyways this is what we have checked so far.

Checked all the ignition coil packs, changed them.
Checked all the spark plugs (changed them again after I had changed them when I had the supercharger kit installed).
Marked the injectors and moves cylindar #2 to #3 to see if it was a injector problem, it did not follow the injector.
Changed a bunch of sensors, O2 sensors are throwing a error code to we replaced both of those and they are still getting error codes.
Changed the MAF sensor.
Did a compression test, and leak down test. everything is good there. No leaks, and compression is good on all cylinders.

Next step we are going to try is check the connection on the injector or ignition coil.
Then if thats good.
Start removing stuff from the equation, remove the blower and run the engine normally aspirated, to see if it still is doing it.

Then after that I guess order a new ECU, get everything coded to the new ECU, then ship it back to vf-engineering to be reprogrammed. And hopefully that fixes it if not I don't know what it is and ill be out around 10k+ + time

So I was just going to post on here to see if anyone knew of anything I could try before I order a new ECU, and hopefully that will fix it, or just order a new engine, or maybe just say **** it and get a new car.


Thanks.

mvallido
02-26-2009, 06:13 AM
I have not had any problem on my VF Engineering S/C for over two years now. PM jon@theMshop. He knows somebody from Florida that can reprogram ECUs for VF setup. IMHO, it would be more cost effective to find a used ECU and send it for reprogramming before you do the hardware process of elimination.

Jason5driver
02-26-2009, 08:47 AM
I have not had any problem on my VF Engineering S/C for over two years now. PM jon@theMshop. He knows somebody from Florida that can reprogram ECUs for VF setup. IMHO, it would be more cost effective to find a used ECU and send it for reprogramming before you do the hardware process of elimination.

Hey MVallido,
If you had to do it over again, would you opt for the EES twin screw, or still go with the VF stage 1 or stage 2?

Or even a custom turbo setup?

Thanks!
Jason

mvallido
02-26-2009, 11:22 AM
Hey MVallido,
If you had to do it over again, would you opt for the EES twin screw, or still go with the VF stage 1 or stage 2?

Or even a custom turbo setup?

Thanks!
Jason

ESS Twin Screw baby! But if they had the 535i turbo three years ago, I surely would have sold my E39. Don't get me wrong, the E39/SC with the Level 10 tranny still turns me on every time I turn the ignition! Just upgraded my lights to DDM Tuning HIDs and I love it. DDM Tuning coil-overs hopefully by next week.

roadwarrior687
03-11-2009, 01:22 PM
yeah, yawn.

that 5er ess ts setup looked sweet.

regarding the CRC cleaner. I just had a MAF that would not clean with it. I sprayed and sprayed only to continue idle/decelration stall issues. I happend to have an extra new MAF and swapped. Ran perfect.

Hey Dell, what's up? Still have your blown 540? Did you ever rig up a custom intercooler?

JC5
03-11-2009, 01:47 PM
Dell disappeared almost a year ago. I don't think he ever did the intercooler. I think a family emergency put everything to a halt

E39528iSC
03-11-2009, 09:56 PM
Turns out it wasn't the ECU/DME. My mechanic had tried everything he could thing, compression test, smoked the system, checked injectors, ignition coils, spark plugs, etc.. Finally he opened it up like I had mentioned to him in the first place, I even asked him if it could be anything internal, he told me there was nothing wrong with it internal so many times but never opened it up to make sure... Then when he finally opened it up took a look at the head and sure enough even though all the compression and everything was great no leaks etc.. Guess cylinder 2 and 4 had bent valves (not to sure how this happend don't know if when the sc when bad this could of caused it, idk maybe some backfire or some crazy crap.) , so he sent the head to the machine shop for inspection they said the head was cracked in two places. Anyways after about almost 2-3 months now they have figured out what is wrong with it. But I also have another question, mechanic says he can get a re manufactured head from California for $1400.00 USD and then get everything including all parts that are needed, total bill is going to be right around $5000.00 USD including taxes and labor I think the labor is 18 hours I am wondering if this sound about right. I think they have to replace the water pump and some other parts as well. Also I am wondering if I should do anything to the head while its out such as port the exhaust holes and exhaust manifold to match those, thus increasing the flow of exhaust. "But mechanic says if I do this it will void his warranty. Not to sure what his warranty is but yeah." Let me know if anyone know if there is anything I should do. Also down the road are there any transmission mods I can do to this vehicle? Right now it just has the stock 5 speed manual trans, no upgraded clutch or anything, although it does have a modified CDV. Also if there is anything else I can do to this vehicle please let me know, maybe a bigger fuel pump? Oh and its a 528i 2000 E39.

I was just going to see if I could do a increased capacity engine from Noelle motors but they don't return phone calls or emails. So I guess that's out of the question. Also I don't know if I would be able to use the super charger on a increased capacity engine, anyone know?

Thanks...

P.S. I know the guy at the machine shop as well that would do all the work for pretty cheap, but would it be worth it?

Oh and yeah I was driving my friends car today and the piece of **** hood flew open on the freeway doing 80mph hah, good old previous wrecked car what a POS, but I am already getting that fixed. Just ruined the hood and a fender and the hinges and broke the windshield even more, good old Infinity G35X its the biggest pos. Note to all never buy a G35 they are the crappiest cars. The VIN on the car even says so, starts with JNK********** stands for JUNK.

mvallido
06-26-2009, 10:00 PM
Too bad, Looks like DDM coilover kit will not be available for E39 yet.

I've been too busy with work stuff and hopefully DDMtuning will be able to test the coilover kit for my car in two weeks. If not, I might just go with bilstein and HR Springs.

refatb
07-21-2009, 10:52 PM
Turns out it wasn't the ECU/DME. My mechanic had tried everything he could thing, compression test, smoked the system, checked injectors, ignition coils, spark plugs, etc.. Finally he opened it up like I had mentioned to him in the first place, I even asked him if it could be anything internal, he told me there was nothing wrong with it internal so many times but never opened it up to make sure... Then when he finally opened it up took a look at the head and sure enough even though all the compression and everything was great no leaks etc.. Guess cylinder 2 and 4 had bent valves (not to sure how this happend don't know if when the sc when bad this could of caused it, idk maybe some backfire or some crazy crap.) , so he sent the head to the machine shop for inspection they said the head was cracked in two places. Anyways after about almost 2-3 months now they have figured out what is wrong with it. But I also have another question, mechanic says he can get a re manufactured head from California for $1400.00 USD and then get everything including all parts that are needed, total bill is going to be right around $5000.00 USD including taxes and labor I think the labor is 18 hours I am wondering if this sound about right. I think they have to replace the water pump and some other parts as well. Also I am wondering if I should do anything to the head while its out such as port the exhaust holes and exhaust manifold to match those, thus increasing the flow of exhaust. "But mechanic says if I do this it will void his warranty. Not to sure what his warranty is but yeah." Let me know if anyone know if there is anything I should do. Also down the road are there any transmission mods I can do to this vehicle? Right now it just has the stock 5 speed manual trans, no upgraded clutch or anything, although it does have a modified CDV. Also if there is anything else I can do to this vehicle please let me know, maybe a bigger fuel pump? Oh and its a 528i 2000 E39.

I was just going to see if I could do a increased capacity engine from Noelle motors but they don't return phone calls or emails. So I guess that's out of the question. Also I don't know if I would be able to use the super charger on a increased capacity engine, anyone know?

Thanks...

P.S. I know the guy at the machine shop as well that would do all the work for pretty cheap, but would it be worth it?

Oh and yeah I was driving my friends car today and the piece of **** hood flew open on the freeway doing 80mph hah, good old previous wrecked car what a POS, but I am already getting that fixed. Just ruined the hood and a fender and the hinges and broke the windshield even more, good old Infinity G35X its the biggest pos. Note to all never buy a G35 they are the crappiest cars. The VIN on the car even says so, starts with JNK********** stands for JUNK.

try to find some one parting out a 1999-2000 528i with M52TU engine OR 2001-2003 530i, they both use identical cylinder heads.

*my head was cracked on my M52 engine and i found out that the M50 has the same Head, but different temp sensors, s0o i just swapped them over and i picked up a good head for $300
$1,400 for a cylinder head is over prices, you can get your one remanufactured for $500

mvallido
07-27-2009, 04:54 PM
I've been too busy with work stuff and hopefully DDMtuning will be able to test the coilover kit for my car in two weeks. If not, I might just go with bilstein and HR Springs.

Well I got tired of waiting for the DDM Tuning Coil-over kit so I went with Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks. I paid $1080 for the kit, labor, fender roll and alignment. So far I am very happy with the results and Eric Conner(owner of Socalsuspensiongarage.com) told me to take it back after 500 miles for a quick check. So if you are from San Diego and looking for a one stop shop for suspension work, visit Eric. Attached is his 6 series. I'll post my pics when I get a chance.

rubber252
09-01-2009, 04:49 AM
Hi guys been reading thru your thread as i am seriously thinking about getting the VF s/c kit for my 99 528i, which to the best of my knowledge would be a first in Ireland.

Im worred how ever about the amount of miles i have on the engine there's 130000miles (ie over 200000KM) on her and i think it could end up finishing of my engine.
I'm afraid i not that versed in s/c's and turbos and wonder if you's have any advice?

rubber252
09-04-2009, 02:57 AM
Been talking to sean from vf and he's doing me what sounds like a good deal. anyone ever put the kit on a automatic 528i clutch is my only worry did you's have to upgrade?

mvallido
09-12-2009, 10:06 PM
Been talking to sean from vf and he's doing me what sounds like a good deal. anyone ever put the kit on a automatic 528i clutch is my only worry did you's have to upgrade?

Mine is automatic and I did the Level 10 tranny upgrade. So far I am happy with the level 10 performance. Most of my friends that rode with me thought I was driving stick because I normally start off with S3 then shift to drive. It shifts fast and firm.

rubber252
09-14-2009, 02:20 AM
Chears for the info mvallido i've decided to line up a manual 530 before going for the s/c i just think there's to many miles on my old 528 i think she'd explode if i strapped a s/c on the side!

JasonSC540ia
09-28-2009, 05:43 AM
lol i bet the 540's are suprised when you start pulling!

Not really...no. I dont get "pulled" by to much.:dunno:

mvallido
10-10-2009, 10:10 AM
Finally got a chance to take a quick shot of the front and rear.

jhstealth
11-11-2009, 10:13 PM
i cant wait to supercharge my 540 :)

mvallido
11-24-2009, 08:10 AM
Cleaned and recharged my K&N cone air filter today after 20K miles. It was PITA because I have to take the front left tire to get to it. After taking the air filter out, it was fairly clean.

QuoteWarz Insurance
01-07-2010, 10:04 AM
rubber252, if you decide to turbo your automatic I would definitely recommend some type of an upgrade. Just make sure the torque converter you get isn't to big because it will make it annoying to drive if the stall is really high.

franka
01-07-2010, 03:12 PM
i cant wait to supercharge my 540 :)

With what? Not many choices for 540 beside VF

franka
01-07-2010, 03:17 PM
Hi guys been reading thru your thread as i am seriously thinking about getting the VF s/c kit for my 99 528i, which to the best of my knowledge would be a first in Ireland.

Im worred how ever about the amount of miles i have on the engine there's 130000miles (ie over 200000KM) on her and i think it could end up finishing of my engine.
I'm afraid i not that versed in s/c's and turbos and wonder if you's have any advice?

SCr is hard on pistons and rings. If you are using oil then maybe not so good, adding oil between changes.

mvallido
01-13-2010, 12:23 PM
Four years and 40K miles after the install and still going strong. I'll probably change the drive belts soon.

alpine-e39
02-23-2010, 06:33 AM
well im new to this forum and am definitley interested in s/cing my e39.i have a 2000 528i sport, it has been my daily for about 3 years now. just sold my project car and was looking into modding my e39 some more. just want to know exactly what i need to upgrade before installing a supercharger.

as of now it has vugtland springs
m5 kit all around including mirrors
acs front style lip
acs style roof wing
trunk lip wing
smoked tails, side markers
black housing angel eyes with the eye lids and 8k hids and also 10k fogs

income tax is awsome. just ordered
cd/sl rotors all around and pads
ksport 36way coils
acs exhaust tip

i am in the market for wheels. cant happen to find any 5x120 with fitments i like so i was thinking of running ichibia 15mm adapters and 5x114.3 wheels and kmac rear cambers kit. any insight on this would be great.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/21/l_445825eb550042d3849fc94c6af4c944.jpg
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/10/l_9c9a53d2b0264fb38e692e2db575bccc.jpg
realized the m5 badge was chessy a bit too late lol.

some pics of my old project
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/102/l_f2d897a843654c84859f2e18a6346f49.jpg
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/60/l_1c1a7b8d66c343e0b715c0efda493c64.jpg

ready to get my e39 up to par. some help and advice would be great.

Ryan1985
03-16-2010, 12:30 PM
Hi there people, My name is ryan and i am new to this forum and live in the UK.

I have joined this site to get some help and info please guys, my car is below:

1999 528i steptronic MTEC

Now its a weekend car really, and with next year i will be pulling the engine out of the car as even though the engine is solid i wana do a rebuild on it from gaskets, to rings to bearing caps etc.

Now i am really looking hard in to this super charging kit for the e39 but this is where you guys come in as i need some info:

.I have looked though here and i see super charged and twin screw, whats the diffrence and whats better etc.

.What are the gains like even with the auto box

.Would anything have to be done to bulk up the engine if i was to super charge

.Wheres the best place to buy from

.And i have seems postes about a tranny 10 upgrade, what is this.


I t would be cool to get some info here as again i am not looking to do any thing just yet as we have just moved but with in next year i realy want to look in to this but need help from the sc guys like your selfs :)

Ryan.

spiicytuna
04-29-2010, 10:10 AM
Here's a few pictures on the car and install.
The ESS TS1 system (designed for a 330i) went straight in without too much trouble (thanks to Simpson Motorsport UK).

How did the 330 computer work for the 530 ? or what do you do for tuning?

killerkiko
05-04-2010, 11:23 AM
ive had an ESS TS2 kit on my 530i for 2 years and around 50k miles. it has been trouble free and amazing:D

Bertil
08-17-2010, 06:46 AM
I had been hoping that ESS would offer their TS1 for the early 528i years (97 and 98). It used to say coming soon on their web site for the longest time.

I got an email stating what I didn't want to hear the other day - no TS1 for the M52B28 engine. :(

I wonder if I could get a local performance shop to design something similar...? A twin screw design is more appealing to me then the VF design.

Mack
01-10-2011, 09:05 PM
All still running strong with their VF SC'd setups? I'm still dreaming :)

mvallido
01-18-2011, 12:06 AM
All still running strong with their VF SC'd setups? I'm still dreaming :)

185K miles and still loving it :thumbup:

franka
01-18-2011, 04:33 AM
185K miles and still loving it :thumbup:

Is 185k total miles on the car or miles since the SCr was added?

mvallido
01-19-2011, 05:44 AM
Is 185k total miles on the car or miles since the SCr was added?

Oh, I had 137K when I the SC was installed.

xpcgamer
01-24-2011, 06:17 PM
I have to admit...thats impressive. I am sorry but what have you dino'd at?

ixmeltxfaces
01-28-2011, 05:23 AM
I'm a little late on the topic, ha but can you PM me the same info^^^ looking into swapping a new motor into my 528.....Might as well do the whole thing while it's open. Thanks!

JC5
02-26-2011, 04:48 AM
Still running well with the VF kit

E36=E39
02-01-2013, 12:00 PM
Im considering buying the active autowerke supercharger for my 530i but then again i think you can only get about 330 or 350hp and im looking for a little bit more . I was reading and im starting to consider droping that option and get me an M5 and just go from there.. I don't really like how the DSC works i want an LSD and the M5 comes with it and 400hp to play with and then i can do extra mods to try to get a little extra juice out of it ... So i was trying to find for info about the supercharger and also feedback about it ..

matt540
07-05-2013, 10:03 AM
Still dreaming for putting an SC on. my 540.

JC5
09-06-2013, 04:16 AM
Can't believe mine has been on since March of 2006

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I547 using BimmerApp mobile app

mvallido
01-13-2014, 11:27 AM
Supercharger still going strong 8 years after installation by theMshop.

JC5
01-14-2014, 03:51 PM
Still rocking it aldo

mvallido
06-15-2014, 02:12 AM
I drove about 2000 miles while I was on leave last month and enjoyed every minute of it during my trip to San Francisco and back. With my M235i delivery here in Bahrain anytime soon, I won't miss her that much :-)